New York, New York  United States

Securities and Exchange Commission (HQ)

Posted: Jan 25, 2012

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Business Summer Honors Program

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission


Location: New York Regional Office   

Volunteer Student Intern Opportunities


Note: This is a volunteer or for-credit internship.


The Securities and Exchange Commission selects volunteer interns for its Summer Honors Program.  Though these positions are uncompensated, they offer students responsibility and real experiences that promote their careers.


The Summer Honors Business Program gives graduate and JD/MBA students the opportunity to become acquainted with the regulation of the securities markets and the activities of the Commission. Students from graduate schools across the country work at the Commission's Washington, DC, Headquarters and in a number of our Regional Offices nationwide.


Over the course of the ten-week program, students work with Commission staff on several projects particular to the specific Division or Office to which they are assigned. Students participate in seminars/workshops on various aspects of the federal securities rules and regulations. Past presentations have included: An Overview of Federal Securities Laws; Securities Fraud on the Internet; The SEC's Investigative Process; Mergers and Acquisitions; and the SEC's Examination Program.


Listed below are the Divisions and Offices that typically hire Summer Business Program interns. This list is subject to change on an annual basis.


Washington DC Headquarters

  • Division of Investment Management
  • Division of Trading and Markets
  • Division of Risk, Strategy and Financial Innovation
  • Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations
  • Office of Financial Management
  • Office of Human Resources
  • Office of Information Technology
  • Office of Inspector General

Regional Offices

  • Atlanta
  • Chicago
  • Fort Worth
  • Los Angeles
  • New York


Selection Criteria


The SEC considers your entire background when it evaluates applications.  Selections are made based on many elements, including high academic qualifications and preferably some knowledge of or a significant interest in the securities industry. Students are selected based on merit.


Selection criteria include: a demonstrated interest in the SEC's mission; coursework, work experience, and/or research projects/publications relevant to the division(s)/office(s) to which you apply; dedication to public service; and participation in extracurricular activities. Securities course work is not a prerequisite.


In the past, successful interns have demonstrated knowledge of the mission and work of the SEC – and even specific offices or divisions – in their application materials.  Our Web site has a description of the SEC’s work and the component offices and divisions.  Between your cover letter and any interview, you want us to understand why you think you would be a good fit for the divisions/offices where you want to work.


How to Apply


To be considered for the Business Summer Honors Program (SHP), you must apply via the on-line application.  The application period for Business SHP 2012 will start on January 26, 2012Apply nowThe posting will officially close on February 29, 2012, but we strongly suggest that you apply immediately because applications will not be considered after we have filled our slots.


Before you begin the application process, carefully read the instructions and assemble the information and documents required.  You will be asked to provide the following:

  • a unique password for accessing your application (no more than 10 characters) and make a note of it; you will be prompted by the system for this password. You will use this password to access your application in the future.
  • a permanent e-mail address that will not change during the course of the application and hiring process through May 2012.


You are required to provide a single PDF with the following documents in the following order:

1.  Resume

2.  One-page Cover Letter

3.  (Unofficial) School Transcript

4.  Writing Sample


The PDF should be named in capitals with your name “LASTNAME FIRSTNAME.”  For example – HOPP JENNIFER.  Failure to follow these instructions about creating and naming your PDF may result in you not being considered. 


You will be asked which office or division of the SEC most interests you.  You can apply to the DC headquarters and as many of the Regional Offices as you would like.   If you receive an offer from multiple offices and divisions, you will be able to choose which one you would like to join. 


Your one-page cover letter should be addressed to “SEC Summer 2012 Intern Program” with the headquarters address.   As noted above, the cover letter is the best way to explain why you think your interests or experience would make a contribution, either to the SEC in general or to particular divisions/offices specifically.  We will accept only one cover letter for all offices.  Please do not create multiple cover letters and/or resumes for review. 


Once you have applied, your application will be considered by the headquarters or the Regional Office(s) where you applied.  You can apply to any of the SEC’s offices, including the Washington D.C. headquarters or the Regional Offices.  

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be a U.S. Citizens, OR a U.S. Permanent Resident (Green Card), OR a F1 Student Visa holder (Please provide I-20 form (Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status). Citizenship questions should be directed to students@sec.gov
  • Relatives of current SEC employees are ineligible.
  • Students must have completed one year of graduate study by the beginning of the summer.
  • Student must be continuing in the graduate studies throughout the summer and/or into the fall to be eligible. Students graduating in May are not eligible.
  • Please note that students need not be in an MBA program to apply. You just need to be in a graduate school program.


CAUTION: Due to the volume of applications submitted in the last few days prior to the deadline, we advise you to apply early; The Commission does not accept applications received after February 29, 2012 deadline [12 midnight, Eastern Time; 11:00 p.m. Central Time; 10:00 p.m. Mountain Time; 9:00 p.m. Pacific Time]. This is an absolute receipt deadline. Loss of electricity or Internet access is not an excuse for missing the deadline.

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